“I was threatening her with a knife and when she came near to hit me; the knife hit her neck.”
An Indian man in Singapore is being sentenced to 8 years in jail and 9 strokes of the cane for the attempted murder of his ex-wife using a knife.
Krishnan Karunakaran, 45, was sentenced by a court in Singapore on the 4th of November.
It is reported he slashed his wife’s throat. His reasoning was because she did not allow him to see their 1-year-old daughter, or allow him to stay in Singapore with a visa.
Karunakaran pleaded guilty to attempted culpable homicide and criminal intimidation. He was also charged with attempted murder and for making threats to a domestic helper.
Boomichelvi Ramasamy, 38, was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. She subsequently survived the attack, which took place at her flat in Singapore, on October the 27th in 2013.
Ramasamy got into a lift when Karunakaran got in with her. He silenced her with the threat of a knife and told her to allow him to see their daughter.
When the couple arrived at the flat, Ramasamy tried to shut the door. But, Karunakaran barged in and took out the knife. After a violent struggle, he slit her throat. He then reportedly shouted “die” at her in Tamil, before fleeing the scene.
Ramasamy’s 9-year-old daughter from a previous marriage was present alongside a domestic helper when the attack occurred. The daughter called the police for her mother.
But, Karunakaran also called the police, saying: “I was threatening her with a knife and when she came near to hit me; the knife hit her neck.”
Mohamed Faizal, prosecuting, said:
“Even though he felt aggrieved at not being granted access to his daughter, a clear message must be sent that such scores ought to be settled by recourse to law, not recourse by force.”
However, Ramasamy is now unable to be near strangers and suffers from insomnia.
The couple initially married in India 2011. They moved to Singapore in 2012, shortly before they separated.